A new grant from Governor Synder will help Michigan State combat sexual assault.
The 38-thousand dollar aid will go towards the MSU Bystander Network, a group that empowers people to take action if they see signs of sexual assault.
The network is working on an educational seminar for upperclassmen that they want to implement by the Fall 2017 semester. The class will build on the sexual assault workshops mandatory for incoming freshman. “It’s taking it a step further and building on that education,” says Leah Short, MSU Bystander Network project coordinator. When it comes to recognizing assault, Sergeant Andrea Munford of the Michigan State Police Department says that it’s important to trust your gut. “A lot of times, [people] may not recognize it for what it is, but they know they have a bad feeling about it,” said Munford.
The Lansing Promise Scholarship, created by legislation passed in 2009 that made 10 “promise zones” in Michigan, helps provide higher educational opportunities to deserving high school graduates or those who recently completed their GED. The scholarship is a big selling point for MSU Greenline, Michigan State University’s student call center, which asks Spartan alumni to give back to MSU. Jake Evasic, a physics senior at MSU and supervisor at Greenline, says scholarships like the Lansing Promise help callers pull at the heartstrings of alumni and help generate the pathos needed to get them to give back. “I know for sure we call about the Promise Scholarship,” Evasic, 22, said, “it’s something I liked to talk about a lot when I was a caller because you can start getting the alumni to sympathize with what it would be like to not come to MSU.” The scholarship can provide up to an associate’s degree at Lansing Community College or up to $5,000 tuition at MSU.
By Jasmine Seales
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
According to the website Start Class, all four of the Lansing high schools, including Eastern High School, Everett High School, J.W. Sexton High School, and alternative school Woodcreek Achievement Center are preforming poorly on test scores, with all four schools producing lower than average math proficiency skills and reading skills compared to other Michigan high schools. Graduation rates have also decreased during the 2014 graduation year at both Woodcreek Achievement Center and Eastern High School. All four schools are also falling behind Michigan’s average graduation rate. Though graduation rates are not high in the Lansing School District, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is helping to give an incentive for teens to graduate with the Lansing Promise scholarship program. The Lansing Chamber president Tim Daman granted presented the Lansing Promise program a check for $65,206 on the morning of July 11, boosting their total donations to more than $83,000, and over $1.1 million total in this year’s total donations to the program.
Map of different art locations around downtown East Lansing
EAST LANSING, Mich. – The art scene in East Lansing is a creative and eclectic culture that could exist only in a college town. With many different features, such as the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, the East Lansing Art Festival, and the up-and-coming cultural mosaic, the amount of public art leaves East Lansing with a unique presence. World-renowned architect, and winner of the architect’s Pritzaker-Prize, Zaha Hadid designed the Broad Art Museum which opened in 2012. The stainless steel structure and uncommon architecture brings artists from all around the world to feature their art.
By Alexander Smith
Listen Up Lansing Staff Reporter
The differences between a community college like Lansing Community College and a four-year institution such as Michigan State are staggering. According to both colleges’ price calculators, tuition and fees for two full-time semesters (12 credits) for an in-district freshman costs $2,930 at LCC and $10,900 at MSU. That price doesn’t reflect housing costs either, so for anyone already living in Lansing, the savings become a major factor when choosing. “I chose LCC because it’s cheaper, it’s easier for someone like me who doesn’t have a lot of money,” said LCC music student Ben Nelson. “I can do part-time, so I can keep working at my job, and they offer a great program for the major that I want.”
Nelson has no plans to go beyond an associate’s degree.
Stanley Lassen explains how and why he organized this concert.
By Chloe Kiple
Entirely East Lansing
EAST LANSING—Members of the Michigan State Interfraternity Council will welcome Galantis and Skizzy Mars April 15 for a concert benefitting the victims of the Flint water crisis. The Grammy nominated DJ duo Galantis and rising hip-hop artist Skizzy Mars will be performing at the Summit Sports and Ice Complex in Dimondale. Greater East Lansing residents and MSU students can party while also supporting a worthy cause. Proceeds will fund new pipes that will replace the old, lead pipes that leached into Flint’s water supply. The problem started in 2014 when Flint switched out of the Detroit water system to use its own to save money.
A city council meeting on March 15 approved the recognition of this week as Mental Health Awareness Week with hopes to spread knowledge about the misperceptions and reality of mental health. This approved resolution originated from the Associated Students of Michigan State University (ASMSU), an undergraduate student government that has recognized and promoted Mental Health Awareness Week for the past two years on campus. Bryn Williams, the vice president of governmental affairs for ASMSU, brought the idea of expanding Mental Health Awareness Week to the city of East Lansing last year with the hope that the community could join in recognizing its importance. “Every year since its inception, Mental Health Awareness Week has grown in size, scope, and efficacy, through involving a large number of campus groups, local businesses, and other such partners,” said Williams.
There are events throughout the week that are being put on by various organizations that can be found here. MSU’s Greek Life is a proud sponsor of MHAW and participates and hosts some of the events that go on.
By Julie Campbell
The Meridian Times Staff Reporter
HASLETT — When it comes to Haslett High School, it’s more than just high school classes. With the amount of college credits they offer, it’s almost as if the students are part time attending a two-year college. According to the Haslett High School website, the school is fifth-best in the state and 62nd-best in the country when it comes to college readiness. “Currently, all of our advanced placement classes offer college credit upon receiving a 3 or higher on their AP exam,” said principal Bart Wegenke. “Most of our Haslett High School students take at least two AP classes so they are at least half way through their freshman year before they begin college.”
There are students at Haslett that take enough AP classes in which they earn credit that would normally take them two years to earn at college.
Halloween brings trick-or-treating, costumes and fun to East Lansing every year. But, the issue of safety is always at stake on this festive night with so many children roaming the streets. The Michigan State University Greek community has taken matters into its own hands by hosting its annual event “Safe Halloween.” The event gives a new meaning to trick-or-treating and is a way for the fraternities and sororities of MSU to give back to the community in which they live. “With Safe Halloween, we give residents a Halloween-themed block party while also donating to local charities,” said Kit Kuhne, director of Safe Halloween. “We can have these amazing impacts on the world around us by banding together and working towards a common goal,” Kuhne said.
Michigan State University
International Student Center Advisor
The increasing numbers of Michigan State University students coming from other countries, especially China, are not only stimulating the local economy, they are starting businesses here. Meridian TownshipTreasurer Julie Brixie said, “MSU students starting their businesses in Meridian Township is terrific! We love having the influence of students with their youth, vitality and energy on the business scene in the township. “Attracting young people to our community helps us remain sustainable. In today’s global economy, youth matters tremendously.
Mason High School fosters artistic development between students on abstract platforms, Mason City Council member Marlon Brown said. “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” is the first production at Mason High School since “All in the Timing” in November. Scheduled for May 7, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m., “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” will be performed in the Mason High School Auditorium. “Individuality and talent at Mason High School is encouraged through events and students participation,” Mason Middle School choir teachers said. Mason High School announces the Indoles 12 Talent Show to be held in late March.